Anyone know of a good source for (preferably 16th century style) pans and cauldrons?


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I've been looking for nice round copper cauldrons that I could afford for years! They all seem to be soo expensive. I've never found anyone making the amphora style tall cooking pots.



A little rich for my blood but I hear good things about these.  There is a vague rumor of someone in Russia or there abouts starting to make bronze cauldrons.  You might try these folks: 


I bought a very reasonable cast bronze mortar from them a while back and they have been very good to deal with.    I have been told that tinning is easy. 


So that is what an amphora is.   There was a merchant at Pennsic selling these with stands 2(?) years ago.  I am curious what the advantages are to cooking in this shaped pot?
There is a little more amphora discussion on: 
I was under the impression that amphoras were shaped that way to stack in the hull of a ship. They certainly don't look like the ideal shape for cooking. Maybe distilling though... :)  These folks might be able to help you find local cookware. 


I have collected a bit but it is from all over (Appalachian yard sales for cast iron, Indian tinned copper cauldrons, local blacksmiths, Pennsic War merchants, etc...)  These might be worth looking at:


I would not mind seeing some new sources too. 


You plan to share recipes later, right?

Thanks Karl! It's actually for my wife's birthday.....


(Yep, buying the skilled period cook cooking gear is a present for her. Honest ;)

Clever man.


You might want to check out this early thread:


These folks have a couple later period skillets:


For what it is worth, my wife's favorite camp cookware is her oversized Dutch Oven.  Using trivets she has gotten better at baking bread over a fire than in a modern oven.   I am not so sure how available these heavy cast iron peices are there.


Her second favorite is a smaller but deeper one.  I am more partial to cauldrons both my various antique ones and new 3 gallon jambalaya pot which is nice since it works equally well over a fire or modern stove.


There are a couple versions out there at pretty good prices like:


I suspect that if I found a small round grill that fit about a third of the way up from the bottom it would also be very good for baking too.  The problem is that cast iron cookware seems to have almost magically become available/popular in the very early 1600's so it is a little late for Landsknecht.  I would love to be proven wrong on this and in the meantime I am playing with tinned copper and pottery more. 




One beautiful source for the look and usage of cooking tools is Bartolomeo Scappi's "Opera dell'arte del cucinare" from 1570. It's a cookbook but with plenty of illustrations of cooking tools. For example one finds there the first known picture of a fork!

Currently 25 quid in kindle edition, or 31 as paperback. That ain't a bad deal at all...


Here's are some of the images from the book found online:

Terence Scully's 2008 translation The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi:




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